Todd Phillips, Paul Reubens, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Page top SXSW panel lineup
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced its schedule earlier this week , including filmmaker Todd Phillips ("The Hangover") and Paul Reubens ("The Pee-wee Herman Show"), who will discuss their influential careers in comedy and their upcoming projects.
Big names in acting include former Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, who will be in town for the world premiere of his sci-fi thriller "Source Code," directed by Duncan Jones ("Moon"). Co-star Michelle Monaghan will join Gyllenhaal and Jones to talk about the film, which kicks off the festival on March 11.
Actress Ellen Page ("Juno") joins co-star Rainn Wilson ("The Office") and director James Gunn to discuss "Super," their dark comedy about superheroes, which makes its U.S. premiere at SXSW.
Filmmaker and University of Texas alumna Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), whose "Red Riding Hood" will be released this spring, will treat filmmakers and lovers of the craft to a directing workshop.
Richard Linklater ("Me and Orson Welles") will be joined in conversation by collaborator and sound designer Randall Poster, and Austin's Harry Knowles will head a panel commemorating the 15th anniversary of his website, Ain't It Cool News.
More than 100 panels were selected from proposals using SXSW's crowd-sourced PanelPicker tool.
They will be supplemented by mentor sessions and discussions about more technical and nuanced aspects of the film industry, from finding an agent to getting distribution.
For the first time, the conference will feature 20 crossover panels, which are open to both film and interactive registrants.
"Many of my favorite moments at SXSW have included those great connections made in the halls of the film conference, where film professionals of every stripe gather to teach, learn and compare notes," producer Janet Pierson said.
The panels and conference sessions join 300 films at the festival, which runs March 11-15. For a complete schedule and more information, visit sxsw.com/film.